We’ve already discussed the shortcoming of the new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, such as why it barely moved the needle when it comes to fuel economy, but today it’s about towing.
The Fast Lane Truck took one standard issue 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with the new turbo-four engine and decided to run it up and down the Ike Gauntlet in Colorado. The area is a perfect place for towing tests since it features a 7-percent grade. With 6,680 pounds hooked up to the trailer for the towing test, the Silverado tackled going down the hill first.
Throughout the descent, the Silverado braked eight times to keep things under control with all of the weight pushing at its rear end, which wasn’t the greatest compared to other trucks, but still respectable. Up the hill is where the pickup decided to shine.
Trucks such as the F-150 Ecoboost and other Silverado’s with the 6.2-liter V8 engine managed to scoot their way up in about eight minutes. Both hosts pegged the smaller four-cylinder engine would take a minute longer, but the Silverado Turbo managed to complete the hike up in under eight minutes. However, this came with a 3.7 mpg fuel economy rating as the engine worked really, really hard. Listening to the turbo-four rev at around 5,000 rpm the entire time sounds somewhat painful as the engine works to squeeze power. Nevertheless, the Silverado and its tiny engine did it.
The towing test was, overall, impressive for the 2019 Silverado and it managed to work just as hard as other trucks with far larger engines. On a regular fuel economy loop, the pickup also returned 24 mpg combined, which is a good figure for the segment.
Now, it remains to be seen if truck buyers will gravitate toward the smaller engine as it shows it’s just as capable, or if there’s still no replacement for displacement.